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New York June 11, 1865
My dear Mr Greene,
I received with great interest &
pleasure your very able & instructive contri-
bution to our revolutionary history. The style is
clear & vigorous, & the effect of the work is
likely to be excellent.
You bid me notice things from which
I dissent. In the case of the trial for the Boston
Massacre, there was no wish for a judicial [surrender ?]
& no danger, the people insisted that the [Oath in it ?]
make him fear any action in his other one, that might by any
possibility be thought favorable to the party of Hutchinson
So too, in speaking of Hamilton, I regret that a
volume [of such ? ] as yours should assign or seem to assign Washington's
merits to Hamilton. The letters which H. as W.'s secretary wrote for him
are in every sense but that of the handwriting & proper act of a secretary
Washington's own. Never did a public man so completely supervise all his
acts and writings as Washington. You cannot tell whom he consults or advises from
what he wrote. His own mind preceeds his acts and his writings. The mark of
it would be brought to trial: the town of
Boston wished them to have a fair trial &
every opportunity of defence. The pretence
that it was self-sacrificing virtue in
J. Adams & Quincy to [ assume, assure ?] the defence
of the accused against the passions of the people
is pure fiction, created by that family
vanity which has so much marred our
history. There is not a shadow of evidence for
the supposition & a [ ? ] it the other way.
We fear it is [work ?] of Quincy; further grew out of
his having me in a story of a bad type; which
statement of what H. writ over the signature of W is revolting to
my sense of fairness, & I am sure it must be to yours. Yet your word might
be used to favor it.
If I did think very highly of your volume, I should not have said
what I have. Your merit makes your opinion important.
I hope we are soon to see the correspondence of Greene.
I remain my dear W Greene
Very truly yours obliged
P. S. I expect to go to Newport tomorrow.